Over the last year, many people have found that they consistently feel less than their best. With all that’s going on in the world and in your own personal life, it’s easy to see how someone might find that they’re feeling sad, lonely, depressed, discouraged, and otherwise let-down.
While these feelings are natural, they don’t have to be something that you just have to suffer through. There are things you can do to help yourself find the brighter spots of life and see things a little more positively. To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to improve your mood when you’re feeling less than your best.
Step Outside Of Your Home
For most people, feeling depressed can make them want to isolate from the world even more than they already are. But to get a boost in your mood, you may want to consider taking a step outside of your own four walls.
According to Dr. Neel Burton, a contributor to Psychology Today, getting outside of your home and being in the sunshine and fresh air, even if it’s just for a few minutes, can drastically boost your mood. Ideally, you should try to experience nature a bit while you’re outside to get the maximum benefit. But if all you can muster right now is running to the store for some basic groceries or going to your mailbox and back, you’ll still get some mental and physical benefits from doing so.
Play Some Music You Love
One thing that’s sure to improve anyone’s mood is to play music that they love.
Bustle and Business Insider state that listening to music that’s upbeat can really improve your mood when you’re feeling down. To get the most benefit from this, you should try to not think too much about your mood while listening to the music; just enjoy the song that’s playing and the way your body is responding to it.
If the music that you love isn’t really upbeat, like if you prefer playing your own classical music on the piano, having any kind of music that you love playing around you will always be helpful.
Binge Some Comedy
Sometimes, the best way to let go of some of the angst you might be feeling is to find a way to let more laughter into your life.
To do this, Scott Christ, a contributor to LifeHack.org, suggests that you watch or listen to something funny. Whether you choose your favorite comedy sitcom or a stand-up special that always gets you laughing, you’ll likely find that you feel much less stressed after you’ve had a good laugh.
If you feel like you haven’t been in a great mood recently, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you make some positive changes in your life.